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Alexander: We'll have to be our best

Head Coach Graham Alexander looks ahead to tonight's Sky Bet League Two fixture with Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium...

15 August 2023

Fixture News

Alexander: We'll have to be our best

Head Coach Graham Alexander looks ahead to tonight's Sky Bet League Two fixture with Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium...

15 August 2023

During their playing days together at Scunthorpe United, Graham Alexander formed a close bond with Scott Lindsey over their mutual desire to win at everything. It’s no surprise, therefore, that Alexander is expecting Lindsey’s Crawley Town team to be tough opponents this evening at Broadfield Stadium.

=MK Dons travel to Sussex tonight looking to secure a third successive league victory to start the 2023/24 season, following on from their wins over Wrexham and, most recently, Tranmere Rovers.

In their way, though, are a Crawley outfit that have picked up four points from their first two matches, including an impressive home win over Bradford City on opening weekend – a strong start that has come as no surprise to the MK Dons Head Coach.

“I've known Scott since my youth-team days at Scunthorpe,” Alexander said in his pre-match press conference. “Our careers went different ways but we've always kept in touch.

“He was a local lad, and joined just after me and we quickly became good mates. We're similar characters, wanted to win every day, and we took a shine to each other quickly. If there's one thing we know about each other though is that we’ll want to beat each other (tonight).

“His journey to where he is now is amazing, what he's had to overcome on and off the field. He's done a really good job at Crawley - he took over in a really difficult circumstance, kept them up, and they've started this season really well with good results in the league.

“It’s similar to us. Both teams had disappointing seasons last year and have started this year positively. I know what his ambitions are for the season, and we know it will be a really tough game for us. We have to be our best at Crawley.”

Tonight will see the Dons play for the fourth time this season – a season which is just 10 days old.

The fixture congestion, coupled with the increase in additional time that has been awarded in games, has put extra strain on the players but Alexander is confident his MK Dons side are fit enough to withstand the toll.

“I can't ask a lot more from my players, but I'm going to!” Alexander commented. “It's straight in at the deep end at this point but the boys are ready.

“They've worked exceptionally hard in pre-season for this, but not just this first month but the whole season. We're getting fitter with each game so it’s not a negative from our perspective, having a game every three days – it’s an opportunity to get match fit, and I think we've still got a little way to go in that.

“The games, ultimately, have to be put in somewhere, and you can't put the midweek games back into winter because of the difficulties with weather and travelling, so I understand why it's loaded the way it is.

“This season, with the extra added time we're playing, the lads could be playing an extra four or five games over the course of a season. I'm sure the players don't mind playing but we have to make sure we have a squad to manage that load.

“There are a lot of games in this country, but it's one of the most popular countries to watch football and that's for a reason - it's tough, it's hard, the intensity is there in every game. The teams with the strongest will and resilience will come through.”

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Tickets for tonight's clash with Crawley Town can be bought at Broadfield Stadium ahead of kick-off from either the Ticket Office or the Ticket Cabin, priced from £15 adults, £10 concessions, £5 young adults, £4 young persons while under-14s go FREE.

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